LOOKING GLASS FALLS

Two days ago I joined a hiking tour of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina and imagine my joy when the guide mentioned he was taking us to three waterfalls that day. Before I could finish rejoicing disappointment landed on my lap upon realizing I didn’t bring my tripod. I always prefer to photograph a waterfall using a long exposure technique to create that cotton effect but without a tripod the photos are most likely to come out blurry. Anyway, resourcefulness is one of my few good traits add to that the right camera settings so I was able to capture these photos much to my desired results. The reason why I love the cotton candy effect is that it enhances the power of the falling water aside from it drawing the viewers immediate attention to the waterfall. By the way, the haze in the photos are mists created by the force of the falling water into the pool while the light curtains are actually sunlight filtering through the forest trees. The tour also took me to other breathtaking parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains where I took dozens of photographs which will be featured next on this page including those of the two other waterfalls. Meantime, please enjoy these photos I took of the Looking Glass Falls.

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10 Comments on “LOOKING GLASS FALLS

    • I tried various settings before and somehow found a way to create the closest effect without using a tripod…I believe I used 1/10 seconds for shutter speed and it does not come out blurry.

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  1. That’s at the top of my bucket list, the Blue Ridge Mountains. I have often heard Asheville is lovely.

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  2. These stunning photos of the water falls look like a painting to me. Great job with the long exposure shots of the rushing waters!

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    • Thank you! It’s actually easy if you have a DSLR camera. Settings to create this effect are available online. I adjusted mine to accomodate the absence of a tripod to keep the camera steady for a few seconds.

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